Whole Home VS Portable Humidifier, what to choose?

Although Humidifiers are more frequently used in Winters when there's a drop in environmental moisture, there are yet certain homes and businesses that need to employ Humidifiers throughout the year. Since every home is unique and so are every home's HVAC needs, it is important to know which type of Humidifiers can suit the type of home you have. Before that, make it clear that both whole home and portable Humidifiers have their own pros and cons and that suitability of each one depends not only on the type of home but also on the needs of the homeowners. Let us begin our whole home vs portable Humidifier quest.

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Whole Home & Portable - The difference

Whole-Home Humidifiers are HVAC appliances that are used to add moisture to the indoor air. These units are usually installed with the home's HVAC system (between the return and supply vent) though can operate independently as well. The common Whole-Home Humidifiers include:
Contrary to the Whole-Home units, the Portable units always work independently or in simple words are stand alone appliances. They add moisture to the room/area where they are placed. Just like the Whole-Home units, there are several different types of Portable Humidifiers designed for homes with different needs and homeowners with different requirements. The most common types include:
- Evaporative Humidifiers
- Vaporizers
- Ultrasonic Humidifiers    

Reasons to choose Whole-Home Humidifiers

- As the name suggests, these type of Humidifiers are whole home Humidifiers. Usually installed with the home's HVAC system, these units are compatible with homes where all family members need to have humidified air.
- The capacity of Whole-Home Humidifiers is far greater than the capacity of Portable Humidifiers since they're designed to Humidify a fairly large area.
- One of the factors that add to the positive points of Whole Home Humidifiers is their maintenance needs. Compared with the portable ones, these units require lesser maintenance.
- While the Portable Humidifiers need continuous refilling, the Whole-Home units are attached to the home's plumbing system and keep getting refilled on their own
- There's lesser noise produced by the Whole-Home Humidifiers compared with the Portable Humidifiers. Portable units make noise with the operation and the bubbling water contained in them. These sounds could be irritating for some people.
- When it comes to home comfort, all we want is energy efficient products. The Whole-Home Humidifiers are more efficient and produce Humidification throughout the home using less energy while the Portable Humidifiers humidify only a specific area using relatively more energy.

Reasons to choose Portable Humidifiers

- The biggest advantage of everything portable is that you can take it anywhere with you. The same goes for Portable Humidifiers. They are particularly useful for renters who need to take their appliances along when they move from one place to another
- In addition to that advantage, another benefit of the Portable units is that they can be used to provide a boosted Humidity effect in particular areas of homes. Ideal for homeowners with different humidity needs.
  

Bottom Line

As said earlier, every HVAC appliance has its own pros and cons. The suitability of an appliance varies from place to place and person to person. The best way to make your home comfortable without any financial or comfort risk is to consult a professional or make a detailed research before choosing an appliance.




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Learn how high humidity levels can cause cancer

What? What did you just said? Humidity can cause Cancer?
Nah! I didn't say humidity causes cancer. Here's what I said; High humidity level can cause cancer''
No more curiosity spreading! Let us learn how is that possible but before we do that, here's something to know about Humidity.

High humidity causes cancer

What is Humidity?

Humidity is the amount of moisture/water vapours present in the air. There is a particular level of humidity which must be present in the air for us to breathe easily. That level is between 40% - 50%. Every time the level of Humidity is below normal or above normal, things don't remain as cool as they should be. Which means, be ready for some problem. For example, low level of Humidity causes irritation, itchy eyes, sinus and throat problems etc. Similarly, high level of humidity causes the production of bacteria, heating exhaustion, muscle cramp, fainting, fatigue etc. For a healthy living, the level of humidity in the indoor needs to be kept controlled using Humidifiers or Dehumidifiers as per need.

How can high humidity level cause Cancer?

Studies show that high level of Relative Humidity can allow VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) to exist in high concentration. Could you guess what VOC's are? If not, read on:
VOC is an abbreviation of Volatile Organic Compounds as said already. It refers to all such organic compounds that have a tendency to easily become vapours, gas or in simple words, compounds that can evaporate easily. For example; Air Fresheners, Paints, Varnishes, Wood Preservative, Cleaning Products etc. And the worst thing about these VOC's when they're present in high concentration in the air we breathe is that they can put humans at the risk of eczema, throat and sinus issues, CNS (Central Nervous System) damage and even Cancer. This is how higher than normal humidity level can lead to Cancer, a terminal illness. Remaining in the indoors with high humidity level is synonymous to living under high concentration of VOC's which means....you're risking your health.

How to cope with High Humidity?

To save yourself from the consequences of high Humidity, you have to control the level of moisture on the first hand. Controlled humidity will automatically reduce the health risks that high levels of Humidity put you in. Here are ways to remove excessive humidity from the air.   

1. Use a Dehumidifier. You already know it! A dehumidifier keeps the humidity level controlled and is useful particularly for Summers when the moisture goes out of hand.
2. Dehumidifiers are not cheap and of course, not everyone can afford to purchase them. There's though a cheap alternative that can be used. Silica Gel Bags can be used to absorb moisture from the air. Just place them somewhere in the home and they absorb moisture from the air. Less than $1 Dehumidifier.
3. The level of Humidity raises when there's lack of ventilation. Make sure there's proper ventilation  
4. Water leaks cause moisture and as a consequence increase Humidity in the air. Check for leaks and cracks in the water supply lines, water tanks etc and fix them
5. Set your AC on 'Auto' instead of 'ON'. This allows the Air Conditioner to dehumidify the indoor air since the longer it operates, the more it will dehumidify

Bottom Line
Excess of everything is bad. The same is true for moisture in the air and is, therefore, needs to be kept maintained else it leads to serious health problems. If you're facing high humidity problem, try using the above-mentioned ways. But in case, you're already trying all the possible ways, and the humidity is still out of control, try calling in a professional to check what's wrong.

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Ductless System Maintenance

Ductless or Mini-Split heating and cooling systems are getting popular in Canada with every passing year. The sales of these systems have increased particularly in those areas where there are older homes with no ductwork installed. One of the biggest benefits that these Ductless/Mini Split Air Conditioners provide is that they are easy to install and can be mounted anywhere in the house as easily as with a few drill holes. In addition to being easy to install, they are easy to maintain and easy to repair. But maintenance nonetheless in important for all types of systems be they Duct or Ductless.
If you're a homeowner with a Ductless Air Conditioning system at home, here are some tips to consider for maintenance;

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Ductless Air Conditioner Preventive Maintenance

We always suggest homeowners consider professional maintenance and tune up services at least once a year, however, there are some maintenance measures that homeowners can take themselves. A regular maintenance not only improves an appliance's efficiency but also increases its lifetime.
But before you set up your boat for maintenance, keep in mind to shut off all types of power supply.

Filter Cleaning

The Ductless or the Mini Split systems have an indoor evaporator unit. This unit is equipped with Filters that are meant to trap dust and debris. These filters if not cleaned regularly affect the system's efficiency. Although it is recommended to follow the user manual to check how often does your unit need cleaning, it is better to clean more often if you're allergic or have pets at home.

Condenser Cleaning

The second component that comes in DIY maintenance tasks is the condenser cleaning, Switch the power supply off and using a garden hose, spray dust and debris on the unit mainly on the coil. It is highly recommended to avoid high pressure since it can cause the fins of the fan to curve. If accidentally, some fins get curved, straighten them using a special alignment comb before turning the unit on.

Ductless System Maintenance Checklist

As said earlier, it is highly recommended to let a professional technician examine your unit at least once a year. And to make sure that the professional you hired has done a complete job, here's a checklist:

Check Electrical Connections

All connection inside and outside the unit are checked to stop the possibilities of any short circuiting, wire damage and overheating. Not only are these connection need to be checked, the faulty ones should be repaired as well.

Check Run Capacitor

Run capacitors need to be checked for leaks, bulging or deformation. In case a Run Capacitor is found to be faulty, a technician is supposed to replace it.

Check Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigerant Leaks if not suspected and fixed in time give way to serious repair needs. All the refrigerant lines need to be checked for any possible leaks. The leaks should be patched or lines replaced.

Check Drain Hose
From the evaporator unit, the hose that runs condensation should also be on a professional's checklist. The hose should be able to allow a free flow of condensation.

If all the above mentioned preventive maintenance tips are practised, an annual maintenance tune-up from a professional is taken and any repairs whenever needed are fixed in time, the appliance is 80% likely to last longer than other's and most likely to complete (or even surpass) its lifetime.

   

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6 Things to expect from an HVAC Maintenance technician

Normally, people who call professional HVAC service providers for maintenance are the people who either don't have time for maintenance of appliances or they have insufficient knowledge to perform the maintenance themselves. In both cases, a technician comes and goes and the homeowner remains unaware of what the technician was supposed to do and what he did. Understand the fact that not all services are honest services and not all technicians committed workmen. In order to make sure you invested at the right place and was able to enjoy the due benefit, it is essential to at least know what tasks an HVAC professional is supposed to perform when he comes for a maintenance visit. This will help you have an ultimate service of your system and the investment on maintenance will return on good terms.
Here is what you should expect from an HVAC technician on a maintenance visit.

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1: System Check Up

Remember that we’re talking about HVAC maintenance visit, not an Air Conditioner or Furnace Maintenance alone. So, on a complete system checkup visit, a technician is supposed to check the whole system including the Ductwork, the Appliances attached i.e Air Conditioner, Furnace, Humidifier/Air Cleaner and the gadgets attached i.e Thermostat etc. A whole system check-up is supposed to be performed to make sure everything's working well.

2. Safety Check

In addition to the whole system check up for optimal system performance, a technician is supposed to perform a general safety check as well to make sure there are no loopholes in the system that could prove to be dangerous for the system.

3. Cleaning

The benefit of taking professional maintenance services is that you don't have to take the worry of system cleaning. On a maintenance visit, cleaning of all HVAC components, vents and sometimes the cleaning of ductwork is included.

4. Check for Repairs

Since you've called a professional because you couldn't do it yourself, it is the professional who is required to check the system for any possible repair needs or replacement needs and inform the homeowner of it.

5.  Answering questions

If your technician performed the maintenance tasks and left without answering the questions you had, he performed not a complete job. It is a maintenance technician's responsibility to answer the questions of the homeowners if they have any and to suggest them the ways to keep up their system. So next time a technician comes, don't hesitate to ask him anything (regarding the HVAC system of course! What else did you think?)  

6. Maintenance Report

For your reference, a written report is to be provided by the technician to you at the end so that you know what exactly did he do if you personally haven't been around. It is sort of a written record that helps later on further maintenance visits.

Bottom Line

Have you ever taken a professional maintenance service? Did you make sure your technician performed all the above-mentioned tasks? If not, do it from now. Although it is highly suggested to be around when your HVAC technician is performing the maintenance but if you couldn't be available, make sure to read the Maintenance report carefully when provided and give a quick check to those things the maintenance of which have been made. This will help you make sure that you didn't litter your money and had chosen the right service.   

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Wood Fireplace vs Gas Fireplace

What a soothing experience it is to sit in front of a Fireplace and see the blazing Fire. The practice of staring the fire has been a ritual for many in the past and even today. But in Winters, having a home in Canada, it's the favourite ritual of all i.e to sit and feel the warmth of the fire. Currently, there are two types of Fireplaces that are being used by people in Toronto and GTA areas. One is the Gas Fireplace while the other is the traditional Wood Burning Fireplaces. Everything has pros and cons and so do the different types of Fireplaces. The installation, maintenance, repair and also the replacement of Gas Fireplace and Wood Fireplace is different. Also, the warming experience received from the two is not the same. So how to decide which one you should install and which of the two would be a convenient and economical option? Below, we're giving a comparison between the mentioned types of Fireplaces. Continue reading and explore what's for you:

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Everyday Use - Easy to difficult

There's 180 degrees difference between the use of Gas and Wood Fireplaces. In the case of Wood Fireplace, you've to go a long way. Get wood logs, cut them and put them into the Fireplace. Or if you're planning to save a few dollars, go for hiking and take an axe with you. Find some old trees and collect the desired wood. By the way, who has time for that today? I'm sure you're busy and can't afford to do that. The benefit of the gas fireplace over the wood fireplace is that you don't have to do an exceptional effort in order to give yourself warm blows. Turning on the gas valve connected to the Fireplace is the only thing you'll have to do and lo! The fire is on. Easy? Oh yeah! If you're a hardworking person and would love to cut wood like a woodcutter, do it, man! But if you're a busy and lazy person like us, Gas Fireplace is a great deal to enjoy.


Cost Effective - Gas or Wood?

Ooops! The cost might faint you. Comparing wood with gas, the Wood is cheaper of course. And as said earlier, you can save the cost of wood as well by doing some struggle on your on. In the case of Gas, although a lot of other benefits are there, the cost of Gas is more than wood and if the Fireplace is the only thing you've at home for heating, the bills might get fatty. So it depends on a lot of factors whether or not you should go for a Gas Fireplace installation. Usually, people only have Fireplace in the drying room that too for the purpose of making the room aesthetically appealing. If there's a limited use, Gas Fireplace still remains a better option.

Burning Experience - From crackles to ashes

Love the crackling sound? We love it too. But as long as the Fireplace you have is on Gas, there will be no crackling sounds to enjoy. This feature is wood exclusive dudes. The burning experience of the wood fireplace is more aromatic, aesthetic and enjoyable but at the same time, there are other consequences too. Wood produces soot and ashes that sometimes blow out of the Fireplace and cause irritation, smell and smoke. This does not happen in the case of Gas Fireplace since a Gas Fireplace is just like a Gas Heater that causes fire because of the Gas. Apparently, the Gas Fireplaces are also made in a way to look like the traditional wood fireplaces because they are more appealing so if your primary concern is appearance, you can easily enjoy the benefits of gas fireplace while having a wood-like appearance.

Bottom Line

Nothing is a hard and fast rule. Some people enjoy Wood Fireplaces while other prefer Gas over Wood. Keeping your own very conditions in mind, your budget as well as the gas/wood rates and availability in your area, you can decide which one will work best for you. We have given a comparison of both that can help you taking the decision.
Also, if you’re looking for Gas Fireplace Installation, connect with us for professional Installation services. Call at 1-855-245-4328

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Got a new Thermostat, what to do with the old one?

Disposal of the home comfort heating and cooling appliances and gadgets require utmost care and a responsible attitude. You already know it if you're a conscientious Canadian citizen. By the way, most Canadian are!

Why is proper disposal important?
So, we were talking about appropriate disposal. Why are we emphasising of it? Why can't you just throw the used gadgets, appliance parts etc in the garbage bucket? How do these thrashed appliances can damage the environment and become a risk?
Basically, the home comfort heating and cooling appliances are made using different chemicals and other materials. Those substances, as long as they remain inside of the appliances and perform the necessary function, remain of use but as long as they get in contact with the open environment, they could drastically affect the surrounding environment. Take, for example, mercury. Mercury is used in Thermostats and only a few grams of mercury can contaminate a lake of up to 8 hectares to such an extent that its fish don't remain edible for a whole year. Got an idea why is proper disposal important?
But hold on! You don’t have to worry about the disposal at all. Of course, in these times of tight schedules and busy routines, who has time to go and do the disposal or recycling? Good thing is, someone’s doing it for us.



Thermostat Recovery Program
What a treat it is to live in Canada. Canadian government makes sure to provide ultimate health and security standards to its citizens. A link of the same chain is the ''Thermostat Recovery Program''. TRP is an initiative of HRAI institute of Canada. TRP is committed to safely recover and properly recycle the Thermostats that contain mercury. They accept both electronic and mechanical Thermostats. The service is not for a particular area. It is open to all Canadians.

How to send a used Thermostat to TRP?
It's easy! TRP has specified public Thermostat drop off locations. People can simply do the ''go and throw'' and the TRP will collect the Thermostats from there for recycling either by themselves or via their contractors. This way, not only the Thermostats get thrashed but also don’t become an environmental hazard which is one of our top problems on Earth.

Love your planet? help save it!
Did you hear that the scientists have found another planet completely suitable for living? Please don't say, ''Oh yeah, Mercury?''  We just talked about one type of Mercury, the planet mercury sure wouldn't be worth living and the news is old enough. So, we're left with only one choice for so far and that is; Earth! Beloved Earth! So we need to be overly conscious about keeping it liveable as long as no alternative is found. There's a great deal of contribution that you can do by simply doing a proper disposal of your Thermostats. Remember that few grams of mercury in a pond example?    

Already bought a new Thermostat or planning to purchase one? Please dispose of the older one properly. Also, don't forget that TRP can help you.

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Top 7 Benefits of Wireless Thermostats

Who likes those tangled? Thanks to the technology of our times for making many appliances wireless and of course special thanks on making Thermostats Wireless. If you've used a wire Thermostat before,  you can understand why Wireless Thermostats are such a big relief. And by the way, if you're still using the old wired Thermostats, here are some benefits describes for you of using Wireless Thermostats.



Benefits of Wireless Thermostats

Remote Access


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Hate coming out of your comfy bed in Winters to operate your Thermostat? We hated that too and therefore, chose a Wireless Thermostat. You can operate your Thermostat sitting anywhere in the house. Some Thermostats are even more efficient and provide access to operation even when you're not inside your home. Connect the Wireless Thermostat with PC, Tablet, SmartPhone and enjoy remote access to operate it from anywhere. So now, no more coming out of the cosy comfy bed. Yummmm!!!

Save Energy


Save Energy as much as never before. The Wifi/Wireless Thermostats are much more efficient than the wired thermostats. Even if you forget to tell them what to do, they figure out the right operation for themselves and turn OFF the appliances automatically when not in use. This adds a lot in saving energy bills.    

Indoor and Outdoor Temperature

The Wireless Thermostats have very sensitive sensors to not just sense the indoor temperature but also the outdoor temperature and the level of humidity. It displays the indoor and outdoor temperature thus making it easier for homeowners to set their appliance temperatures accordingly.

LCD Display

Several Wireless/Wifi Thermostats have LCD display which makes the operation easy and displays clear readings of the indoor-outdoor temperatures as well.

Easy Installation

Who wants to take the headache of getting himself mad with wirings and connections? While the wired old style Thermostats are difficult to install, the wireless/wifi thermostats are far easier to install and maintain. In addition to that, they don't also cost much on repairs.

Good Looks

How about an ugly Thermostat visible somewhere from near your home comfort heating and cooling appliances, badly affecting your beautiful home's decor? People today are a lot more concerned to not let any home appliance affect the decor of their home. It is for this reason that the appliance manufacturers are laying special emphasis on improving the appearance of appliances. If you belong to one such concerned about appearances family, Wifi/Wireless Thermostats are for you. They are very pleasing in appearance and can even add to the decor of your walls.

Accuracy



There happen several incidents when the appliances fail before time not because they had a problem but due to the problem of the Thermostat. Lesser the efficiency and accuracy of a Thermostat, greater are the chances of appliance damage, heavy bills and sudden breakdown. To cope all such threats, the Wireless/Wifi Thermostats are extremely accurate. Far better than your previous Thermostats! And since all we need to have in a gadget which is supposed to maintain indoor home temperature is Accuracy, these Thermostats should necessarily be preferred to have better and efficient readings.

Bottom Line

It is better to move on with times and make use of the ever new and ever astounding technologies to bring comfort to yourself and your family than to stay stuck to the older technologies and make a whole lot of loss; of energy, of money. Everything has its pros and cons but nonetheless, today's Thermostats are better than yesterdays and likewise; tomorrow's technologies will be better than today's so let's move on with the pace of time and make use of Wireless/Wifi Thermostats that are safer, efficient, energy saving and affordable.






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